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Where can I find an authentic Spanish restaurant?

bfjackson Dec 20, 2008 10:22 PM

Where in Chicago can I find an authentic Spanish restaurant? I mean a REAL Spanish restaurant, one that serves things like jamon serrano or jamon iberico (not prosciutto that's called "jamon serrano"), Manchego cheese, tortilla, cocido, lentejas, calamares a la romana etc. and not a place that claims to serve "tapas" but doesn't actually serve things people eat in Spain.

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    ferret RE: bfjackson Dec 21, 2008 09:54 AM

    Mercat a la Planxa in the Loop; Cafe Marbella on the Northwest side among others.

    1. YoYoPedro RE: bfjackson Dec 22, 2008 07:18 AM

      Cafe Iberico on LaSalle St.

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        Scylla RE: YoYoPedro Dec 22, 2008 07:34 AM

        I concur with YoYoPedro. Cafe Iberico is excellent! Here's a quick link to their menu:


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        bigchefdave RE: bfjackson Dec 24, 2008 03:39 PM

        i have always had great authentic meals @Meson Sabika In naperville . original chef was emilio gervilla (the tapas king ) and his succesors menu ,which is still in place, was produced by Francois Sanchez, a basque native

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